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Nae Caranfil

  • Director, Screenwriter, Composer
  • Born: 07.09.1960 in Bucharest

Graduate of the “I. L. Caragiale” Theatre and Film Academy (class of 1984). His graduation short Frumos e în septembrie la Veneţia / September is Nice in Venice,will be awarded at home and in festivals  abroad. After a few years when he tries his talent in theatre, staging some important titles, he leaves for Bruxelles to enter the Program of the European Screenplay Writers at FEMI ( the Flemish European Media Institute) and writes , in 1988, the screenplay for his future pic THE REST IS SILENCE.
Between 1989 and 1991 he writes screenplays for the French company ” Compagnie des images”. In 1992 he signs his first long feature E Pericoloso Sporgersi, a French-Romanian co-production launched at the “Quinzaine des realisateurs” in Cannes, in 1993 and awarded in festivals like Montpellier, Bratislava and La Baule. He continues with Asfalt Tango (1995) another French-Romanian comedy, starring Charlotte Rampling. His third long feature is the French/ Italian/ Belgian co-production, Dolce Far Niente (1998), starring Francois Cluzet, Giancarlo Giannini, Isabella Ferrari, Marguerita Buy and Pierfrancesco Favino (Best Screenplay in Namur in 1998 and selection in the official competition  in Karlovy Vary, in 1999). Filantropica (2002) is again a French-Romanian co-production, a dark comedy, awarded  the Audience Award at the IFF in Paris and several other awards in Wiesbaden, Mons, Wurtzburg, Bratislava, Newport Beach, Athens.
The screenplay  of Restul e tăcere won the Great Prize for screenplay at the Paris IFF in 1995 and the 2nd Prize in “ Hartley & Merrill Intl Script Writing Competition” in Hollywood , 1999. The film was launched in avant premiere in Cluj , at TIFF  2007 and, the same year, closed the Official Competition in Locarno. It was awarded the Black Sea Trophy for Best Picture at the IFF of Independent Producers in Constanta (2008), the Prize for Best Screenplay and the Audience Award at B-EST IFF, Bucharest 2008. Was Romania’s official entry to the Oscars in 2009.
Closer To The Moon with an Anglo-American casting lead by Vera Farmiga, Mark Strong and Harry Lloyd is an English speaking pic and opened the 2013 edition of the Making Waves Romanian Film Festival at Lincoln Center in New York.

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Festivals / Awards

  • 1984
Costineşti Insomnia Premiul pentru film realizat de studenţii de la IATC
  • 1993
UCIN Sundays on Leave "Opera Prima" Award. Best Screenplay
  • 1993
La Baule Sundays on Leave Jury Award
  • 1993
Montpellier Sundays on Leave Critics Award
  • 1996-1997
UCIN Asphalt Tango Best Directing
  • 2008
UCIN The Rest Is Silence Special Jury Award
  • 2014
UCIN Closer to the Moon Grand Prize and UCIN's Trophy. Best Directing. Best Screenplay
  • 2015
Gopo Closer to the Moon Best Feature Film. Best Directing. Best Screenplay
  • 2018
Premiile Gopo 6,9 on Richter Scale Best Original Music (with Bogdan Dimitriu, Liviu Manescu)


Articles & Interviews

​„Arta apărării individuale”, tehnica atacului colectiv - Nicolae Caranfil
Interviul săptămânii cu Nae Caranfil - Magda Mihăilescu
Masterclass de regie cu Nae Caranfil
Nae Caranfil şi Andrei Pleşu despre filme, valuri cinematografice şi umor românesc - Dana Medar
Nae Caranfil – un maximalist - Alex Leo Şerban
Talentele trăiesc în sălbăticie. Interviu cu Nae Caranfil - Mihai Fulger
“Closer to the moon”: It’s Magic - Magda Mihăilescu
Tradiția „Caragiale” - Nicolae Caranfil
Gala Premiilor UCIN pentru 2014 - Dana Medar
Revenirea lui Nae Caranfil după 5 ani de tăcere - Laurenţiu Brătan
Ziua Francofoniei la Varşovia cu „Restul e tăcere”, de Nae Caranfil
Nae Caranfil, Ambassador of Audience Award Film Festival 2016
Interview of the week with Nae Caranfil (II) - Cristina Corciovescu
”6.9 on Richter Scale”, by NaeCaranfil – official premiere, on the 20th of January - Dana Medar
The long waited earthquake: “6.9 on the Richter Scale” - film review - Magda Mihăilescu
„6,9 pe scara Richter” – proiecții în prezența regizorului Nae Caranfil
CINEPUB LIVE: Ileana Bîrsan and Eugen Ciurtin in dialogue with Nae Caranfil
“6.9 on the Richter Scale” by Nae Caranfil to open TIFF 2016
Nae Caranfil about ”12:08 East of Bucharest”
Integrala Nae Caranfil, la BUZZ CEE IFF 2017
BUZZ CEE 2017: ”Integrala Nae Caranfil” - Dana Medar
“One Step Behind the Seraphim”, the great winner of the 2018 Gopo Awards
Festivalul Internațional BUZZ 2019 - Dana Medar
BUZZ 2019: Proiecție ”Anii de sâmbătă seara”, cu Nae Caranfil - Dana Medar
Forum Media CineCreativ 2019 - Andra Petrescu, Dana Medar
Two new titles for the American viewers of the series called ”The Romanians”
E pericoloso sporgersi - Eugenia Vodă
A New CINEPUB Launching: “E Pericoloso Sporgersi”
Proiecţie „É pericoloso sporgersi“ la Institutul Cultural Român de la Viena
” E pericoloso sporgersi”, de Nae Caranfil, masterizat digital - Dana Medar
” È pericoloso sporgersi ”, masterizat digital: Amintiri din epoca pericolului
Forum MEDIA CineCreativ 2022
Ce filme au votat filmologii și cineaștii români pentru clasamentul Sight and Sound